Will Anyone Love a Woman Facially Disfigured by Oral Cancer

Tiffany had surgery for oral cancer the day before her 21st birthday. When she saw herself in the mirror for the first time after surgery, her smile was crooked, her eye didn’t close all the way, and she thought, ‘No one will ever love me.’ She believed she would never find love. She talks about her feelings in this WAEB …

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Dental Implants Are “Cosmetic” After Head and Neck Cancer

I had one molar pulled before starting radiation for stage IV oral cancer. Over the years, I’ve had two more molars extracted.  When I called my insurance company to find out if they will cover dental implants, they said they would only cover dentures. Why? ‘Implants are cosmetic.’ I didn’t occur to me to ask if they cover breast reconstruction after …

Sudden death – what to say?

Dancing in my kitchen while cooking to my iPod doesn’t come close to how live music rocks my soul and translates into fuller movements. When music is live, it becomes 3D, no… 8D, in that I not only hear a great tune that draws me to my feet as the rhythm vibrates in my soul, but I feel the singers …

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Survivors Give Back

I met Natalie when I spoke at a SPOHNC support group at Beth Israel Medical Center. She was preparing for the same surgery I had and was scared, to put it mildly. She had a positive attitude and focussed on recovery. One month after her surgery, she was a featured speaker at the Lehigh Valley Oral Cancer Walk for Awareness. …

Oral Cancer Survivors: The Bond We Share

We had a 5:00 AM date for coffee at the airport.  His shift as the onsite airport policeman started at 6:30 but after he heard my interview on the radio he was anxious to meet me in a person, even if it meant at 5 in the morning. In the interview, I shared my passion about raising awareness about oral …